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Published on: 29 Aug 2013 By

Tiny amount of hazardous material can make a whole waste load “hazardous”

A recent court decision has dramatically widened Ontario’s rules on what constitutes “hazardous waste”. Now, any hotspot can be enough to make an entire load “hazardous waste”. This is a particular risk for those handling spill cleanup materials and other small …

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Published on: 18 Aug 2013 By

Your Uninsurable Home? What is climate change’s wild weather doing to insurance?

Across Canada, this year has brought severe storms, floods, wildfires and other catastrophic weather. As people in Calgary, Toronto and other hard hit areas try to rebuild their lives, most of them expect that someone should help them pay for the damage. Oil-rich Alberta has promised $1 bill…

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Published on: 7 Aug 2013 By

$40,000 fine for asbestos and other waste offences

KNR Landfill Managers Inc., based at the controversial Vaughan transfer station, operate a landfill in Cayuga, Ontario (perhaps the controversial Edward Street landfill that was rebuilt and reopened several years ago.) They were fined $40,000, plus victim fine surcharges of $10,000, for fail…

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Published on: 6 Aug 2013 By

Fish farm company silences activist opponent with defamation order

The BC Court of Appeal has ordered well-known anti-fish farm activist Don Staniford to pay $75,000 in damages because the mock cigarette packages he had made criticizing Norwegian-owned fish farm companies lacked footnotes or other appropriate citations. The court also granted a permanent in…

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Published on: 2 Aug 2013 By

The silence of the bees – Nix the neonics! Sign the petition…

Bees are dying; we can do something about it. Three thousand or so registered beekeepers manage around 100,000 honeybee colonies in Ontario. In the spring of 2012, bees began to die in record numbers. No one knows, for sure, what’s killing the bees, but one class of pesticides is likely part…

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Published on: 1 Aug 2013 By

Few complaints once wind farms start operating

Two recent studies confirm that complaints about wind turbines are much more frequent in areas where the turbines have not been built, than they are near operating wind farms. Wind farms are particularly accepted in Alberta, which has had large wind farms for 20 years. The Pembina Institute …

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Published on: 30 Jul 2013 By

Personal liability for officers and directors- how far?

Should company directors and officers be personally liable for contamination they did not cause? “Directors’ liability is one of the primary instruments used by policymakers to promote good corporate governance. However, … [t]he imposition of ever-increasing personal liability on directors m…

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